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tv   8 News Now at 430 AM  CBS  February 17, 2016 4:30am-5:00am PST

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joining us, i'm kirsten joyce. ((brian loftus)) and i'm brian loftus. it's been an ongoing problem for the state of nevada -- not enough teachers in our classrooms. ((kirsten joyce)) right now, the clark county school district has 700 teacher positions open... but the good news... they're seeing an increase in hiring so far. right now, it's too early to find out... how much the governor's provisional license program will help with the teacher shortage. in 2015, the school district lost 16-hundred teachers. a recruiter for c-c-s-d says their team has now hired double the amount of teachers... compared to this time last year. in addition to the governor's provisional license program... school officials are using social media as another way to recruit. /// ((sherry swensk)) > nellis air force base flipped the switch... and now they're running on 100-percent solar energy during the daytime. the 15- megawatt generating station is the second large scale solar project. now to keep the solar panels looking clean... they use robotic cleaners on them. the panels are usually cleaned at night... so they don't interrupt the capabilities to harness the
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let's get to sherry with a look at today's weather. sherry swensk starting out our wednesday with clear skies and calm winds... but clouds are coming later today.
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it will be our warmest day of the week and the year so far if we reach the 80 degrees we're expecting. ......... but it will be quickly followed by a cool down and a chance for showers later tonight. ........ gusty winds in the mountains today and breezy tomorrow for
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((brian loftus)) > republican presidential candidate jeb bush will make a stop here in nevada... ahead of next week's caucuses. ((kirsten joyce)) he'll be hosting a town hall at the sun city summerlin desert vista community center this sunday... at 5-30. after that... he'll make a trip up north...for a town hall in reno on monday. /// ((brian loftus)) > on the other side of the aisle... the democrats will kick off the first in the west caucus on saturday. but before that... hillary clinton and bernie sanders will continue their push for support here with a town hall tomorrow. that will be at the "keep memory alive event center" downtown... from 6 to 8 pm. /// ((brian loftus)) > 8 news now is your local election headquarters leading up to this weekend's caucuses... and through the general election in november. you can find all the latest polling numbers and headlines on air and online... at las vegas now dot com. /// ((brian loftus)) ((kirsten joyce))
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crash on eastbound desert inn right outside of the tunnel---metro is on the scene and got it all moved to the shoulder, so it should be easier to pass, just be careful. durango is closed between alta and venetian strada, which is about a quarter mile north of there after a crash. this is right by angel park and golf club. use rampart instead. metro expects to open the road by five am. < > > that's a look at the roads... back to you./// ((brian loftus)) > a cold- blooded killer has escaped the law for 23 years... in the brutal murder of a las vegas mother. ((kirsten joyce)) the i-team's george knapp revisits her cold case... and the clues detectives hope will bring her killer to justice.
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metro police have been searching for a vicious killer. the victim, a 35-year-old single mom, had no known enemies... but detectives are pretty sure the murderer was someone who knew the victim well. ((kirsten joyce)) the investigation is once again on the front burner for a pair of cold case detectives... after they were contacted by the daughter of the dead woman.
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melody phoenix: she was a big bird lover. she had lots of bird pictures. melody phoenix was just 7 years old when her mother was murdered, so memories of her mom are hazy, but she reinforces them every time she looks back at family photos. rosemary phoenix was an attractive and vivacious 35 year old single mom. she had a good job, working as a dealer at the mirage, led an active life with plenty of friends, lived in a nice home in the northwest part of town, and even had an amiable relationship with her ex husband, who helped raise their daughter. for most of her life, melody knew very little about her mother's death. melody phoenix/daughter of murder victim: growing up i didn't talk too much about it or think too much about it.....i really just knew she has been killed and that we didn't know how or why. that changed when melody
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she met with veteran homicide detectives ken hefner and dean o'kelley, who recently came out of retirement to work nothing but cold case murders. ... melody: ..told him that, you know, show me pictures, show me everything you've got. hefner shared some of the photos in the file, but advised melody to forego the most graphic details. melody phoenix: upon hearing that, i kinda knew how gruesome it was. many of the crime scene photos in the file are too unsettling to show on television. investigators say phoenix left work a bit early on the night of may 12th and drove to her home on broadriver drive. this is the house as it looks today. rosemary would usually pull into the garage and enter the house from there. but on her last night, the garage door opener had been disabled. when she entered the front door. someone was waiting. the attacker used a blunt instrument to bash her head, then stabbed her multiple times with a kitchen knife. ken hefner/cold case homicide investigator: it was definitely someone who knew her, someone she once trusted, somebody who
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gk why do you say that? the degree of force and violence use in killing her. as an afterthought, i think they moved things around in the house to make it look staged, like a burglary. .... but there was no forced entry to the house so to us it appears it was somebody she trusted, knew her, and maybe even had keys to the place. the body was found a few hours later by larry bryan, rosemary's boyfriend at the time. he arrived around 3 am, found the body behind behind the front door, and drove to a pay phone to call police. weeks after the murder, this flyer was posted at the mirage and was sent to local media, which generated a new round of news stories. the same person who made the flyer also created a video of
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with news clips about her murder. larry bryan, the boyfriend, later admitted that made both, in part to keep pressure on police to solve the crime. the detectives say they have dna evidence from the scene but it isn't a match for bryan, or for rosemary's ex husband, or anyone else. the detectives say they're hoping that by now, the killer has talked to someone. hefner: we're hoping somebody has gotten this off their chests to somebody else, talked to somebody they shouldn't have. melody i'd love to have a theory. i'd love to be able to put the puzzle pieces together to where it makes sense. it doesn't make sense...... it wasn't a robbery. it wasn't sexual in nature. it doesn't make sense. melody now has a daughter of her own and hopes she will have answers by the time her daughter gets old enough to ask about it. gk: what will you tell her? melody: it would be great if it would be solved by that point.
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happened and here's why.... ((kirsten joyce)) there was something else odd about the crime scene. rosemary's car was parked about 50 yards away from her house... and the door wasn't closed all the way. ((brian loftus)) it's possible the killer moved it out of the driveway. the iteam spoke to the ex- husband and the boyfriend larry bryan... and both agreed to be interviewed. in the meantime, anyone with information can contact the i- team or metro homicide. we have links on our website along with information about other cold cases. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > toymakers are showing off their newest inventions... at this year's annual toy fair. ((brian loftus)) we'll show you some toys that are going high tech... and attracting a new generation of kids.
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> the 140th westminster dog show wrapped up last night... and the best in show went to a german shor- thaired pointer
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now everyone's favorite going into the competition... was a 4-year- old german shepard named rumor. the competition started with nearly 3- thousand dogs from 199 breeds. only the seven top dogs made it to the finals. the all time record for best in shows goes to wire fox terriers... with 14 wins. /// let's get to sherry with a look
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sherry swensk changes... and the mountains will get hit first today and then the valley gets the wind tonight and thursday. ......... we should keep a lot of sunshine to start the day and then increasing clouds move in pretty quickly through the morning hours. ..........
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country...warme r air is moving into the eastern states to help them thaw out and that is a welcome change... but it's melting the snow and ice and making a messy .... the east coast is finally getting a break from the snow, ice and rain today. ............... back herea t home, the winds will first pick up in the mountains and then across the lower elevations.
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warnings in place you should know about. ..... the best chance of rain comes for the mountains by early evening and a slight chance of showers overnight tonight for the valley. high elevation snow is also possible as this system sweeps through the desert. ............. and we'll get a brief cool down that will last just a day or so...dropping to the upper 60s tomorrow, then back to low 70s friday and finally warmer mid 70s this weekend. < > /// > ((kirsten joyce)) > toy makers are showing off their latest creations... at the 113th annual toy fair in new york city.
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dollar industry in the u-s. which is a seven percent jump in the last year. but for 2016... breakthroughs in technology are pushing the industry to new heights. like this star wars toy... which allows kids to use their mind to control the game: (( (kc) what they're thinking happens over here? (hf) well what happens these sensors that are on my ears and behind my forehead will pick up my beta brain waves as i'm thinking about moving the holograms within the force trainer)) ((kirsten joyce)) > the toy industry association president says... low tech is also making a comeback. this year, family board games are also a big hit. industry experts suggest it's part of the desire to unplug... and get the family together to have some fun. /// ((brian loftus)) > tesla hopes to get the attention of kids... with their latest tesla toy car model. radio flyer, which makes the famous little red wagons and tricycles... announced it will begin shipping mini tesla model-s cars for kids... for 500-dollars! the cars are created for ages three to eight.
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a "spacious interior"... and a trunk in the front of the car. it can also reach a top speed of six miles per hour. pre-orders are now open and the cars will ship in may. /// ((brian loftus)) ((kirsten joyce))
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convention is taking place at the las vegas convention center... it's attracting 85,000 people. construction on convention center isn't helping delays. expect slow downs later this morning. < > < > > that's a look at the roads... back to you./// ((brian loftus)) > coyotes are valley. ((kirsten joyce)) why experts say the wild animals are coming into our community...
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[ cheers and applause ] all come to look for america all come to look for america all come to look for america
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is a difficult age... no longer a child, but not just yet a teen. ((brian loftus)) dave courvoiser introduces us to kylee... who's hoping to find a family. when you're ten, there are still plenty of "firsts" to discover, and on this day, kylee was busy discovering the challenges and the fun of ice- skating. actually, she got the hand of it pretty fast! 24.55 (skating) it just got better i started falling and then i got better. there are some obvious analogies life. she's had it rough... has suffered some personal and moved forward. 26.14 she has you know she's had a really tough time in her 10 years of life and she's so positive about it, and she's really looking forward to her forever, and her future right now, kylee's in a stable and supportive foster home...
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call her own. 28.49 so kylee and i have talked about kind of what she's looking for and what we think we can find for her. she definitely would like to be the only child or have older siblings in the home preferably so she would be able to get that one-on-one attention. cleary kylee has thought a lot about adoption, and what that would mean to her. 22.38 so i don't actually have to move around anymore, like from family to family, pack up unpack pack u unpack pack up unpack the family that adopts kylee will have to step-it-up to keep up. 27.47 she has so many strengths. she is an amazing artist. an amazing reader. she's an amazing writer. she can write short stories, poems. i've read some of them.
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kylee desedemocratic caucus... and a new poll shows the candidates are neck and neck! coming up, i'll break down the latest results. (("he was a split second away from being eaten when i got there )) ((kirsten joyce)) > a dog...attacked by a coyote. how the pet is doing... and how experts say you can keep your pets safe. ((music)) ((brian loftus)) > and we sit down with rascal flatts! why they say they're excited to kick off their second residency in las vegas!/// < welcome to a brighter morning,
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joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > brian loftus > good morning and thanks for starting your day with us. i'm brian loftus. ((kirsten joyce)) and i'm kirsten joyce. it's the final push... we are just four days away from the democratic caucus... and a new poll has bernie sanders and hillary clinton neck-and-neck. brian loftus 8 news now reporter michael stevens is live in the newsroom... michael, how close are we talking? ((michael stevens)) > brian, kirsten... right now... a new c-n-n... o- r-c poll has caucus-goers split. 48-percent of likely caucus attendees say they support clinton... while 47- percent say they support sanders. according to the poll... clinton is holding an edge among women voters. in recent visits, she's focused a lot on women's issues. on monday... she attended a meeting at the university of reno... talking about women's health care... and on saturday during a stop here in las vegas she talked about equal pay: ((hillary clinton // (d) presidential candidate:


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